I like to workout, so much so that if I go a few days without working out I am down right grouchy. Plus, I honestly feel like my skin is streching out...I know it sounds crazy but you know that feeling after a goodworkout when you feel toned and great about yourself? When I don't work out for just a few days I feel the complete opposite of that and it's awful, I literally feel my body telling me to get my butt back in the gym. And yes, I am well aware that it's a complex I have, thank you.
As for workouts, I love to lift weights, run and do treadmill & stair climber interval training. In addition I practice at least 15 minutes of at home yoga or pilates every other day to focus on my abs & buns and take a one hour yoga class once a week for toning. On average I work out 5-6 days a week for about an hour at a time, when traveling this is sometimes broken into two shorter workouts depending on my schedule. When I am really lucky, I get in two workouts a day with a 1 hour class whether it be Pilates Reformer, Daily Method or Yoga plus my normal gym routine. Sadly those two-a-days with my crazy schedule are few and far between.
For my weight routine I try to group muscles together and do supersets, typically that means Chest, Back & Bis, Shoulders & Tris and Legs. I will go into my weight lifting routine next week because this week I want to focus on my HITT training routines. I have been a runner for years, and in the past have trained mainly for distance clocking upwards of 25-35 miles a week, but given the fact that it's winter I have been confined to the indoor treadmill. Which I know you can distance train on, but I personally have a long list of things I would rather do; like organizing my sock drawer and going to the dentist, rather than running on thing for an hour. That said, I started doing what I like to call HITT (High Intensity Treadmill Training) in October and I have seen some excellent results. I vary between three routines, depending on my energy level, and try to do a HITT routine every other day or 4 days a week. In between I mix in the stair climber and a hot yoga class for my cardio as to save my knee from self destruction.
Here are my three favorite routines, and please keep in mind these can easily be altered to a speed set that you are comfortable with. The timing and the incline I would suggest keeping the same, but if you find the speed too difficult/easy you can decrease/increase accordingly (if you can incrase I am jealous). If you are a beginner I highly suggest knocking a few minutes off these times listed below and if you are an experienced runner I challenge you to try this.
I also enjoy adding some agility at the end of these routines; such as running backwards and side stepping on an incline. For this I set the treadmill to a 9.0 or 10.0 incline and the speed to 4.0-4.2. I start running backwards for about 30 seconds and then run backwards and criss-cross my feet for 30 seconds. Then I turn to each side for 20 side steps each side and then repeat the entire sequence another 1-2 times. It's a great way to semi-cool down after all of your sprints and to change it up on your muscles so that they don't give out on you. Just use caution with this final routine - treadmill faceplants are not pretty...but they are funny see for yourself here.
What's your favorite routine? If you give one of these routines a try I would love to hear what you think...and please feel free to share yours! I also welcome any HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) routines that can be done without equipment - I have some travel coming up this week and those workouts are great for hotel rooms.
xo - margaret